Today, I had the pleasure of listening to Gordon Tullock during the lunch hour. I have recorded some of the memorable quotes from the session.
When asked about being a founder of public choice, Tullock responded by saying, "I didn't know the implications of what I was doing. I thought I was just writing an interesting book."
What was the worst application of your work?
"All genuine applications of my work are good."
So what was the worst?
"I can't think of any."
"It is not clear that politicians gain anything from reading my work. I have a theory of politics; it's not a theory of how to get ahead in politics."
What do you consider your biggest contribution?
"Teaching economists that they don't have to stick to economics."
Are we likely to slow or reverse the growth of government?
"I am afraid not. It is certainly unlikely. I would like to shrink it. But it is important to remember that our government, by world standards, is quite small."
"I would like, myself, to have a government that focuses primarily on preventing crime."
"It is not evident to me that government needs to subsidize science."